This Velocipede is the first human powered vehicle (HPV) to have a carbon fiber monocoque chassis, the same material found in the fastest high-performance Formula 1 automobiles, making it the worlds most advanced three-wheeled velomobile. But it comes at a price – over $13,000 to be precise, and you can buy it from Hammacher Schlemmer.
Designed by Michael Goretzky, the customized vehicle combines the low-impact exercise benefits of a recumbent bicycle with the stability of a three-wheeled cruiser and the aerodynamics of a concept automobile.
Carbon fiber provides the chassis with an exceptional strength-to-weight ratio, making the chassis as strong as the steel used in modern automobiles at a fraction of the weight. At a mere 60 lbs., the velo weighs approximately 1/50th of a combustion or hybrid-electric automobile, yet n ever needs to be refueled. Unlike traditional three-wheeled vehicles, the low profile tadpole design has two forward 20″ wheels that allow for sharp, tight turning at higher speeds that would normally tip a traditional three-wheeler. The cockpit is a slipstream airfoil shape that practically eliminates drag and, coupled with full independent suspension, front shock absorbers, and rear tunable damping, ensures smooth and consistent speeds. The interior has a recumbent seat with variable longitudinal pedal geometry for a customized fit that maximizes comfort and pedal power efficiency. A Shimano derailleur and SRAM Gripshift Rocket shifter on the hand control allows smooth, shudder-free shifting. The velomobile has a headlight, tail light, a nd turn signals powered by a rechargeable battery. *For Personalized Service on this item call 1-800-227-3528 between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. Eastern time, and our Product Specialists will gladly answer all questions and provide additional service information about the First Carbon Chassis Velocipede, including taking your measurements so the Velocipede can be custom made to fit. Includes white glove delivery. Please note that special conditions and guarantee limitations apply to this product. 28 1/2″ H x 30″ W x 104 1/2″ L. Wheel base is 53″. (60 lbs.)
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